Items of interest
December 26, 2015 Leave a comment
George F. Will, with a provocative piece, “The foolish ‘theism’ of government enthusiasts”:
No one…anticipated that when Gutenberg made printed books affordable, increased literacy would create a market for spectacles, which would lead to improved lenses and the invention of telescopes, which would produce the discovery that the Earth orbits the sun.
The GOP doesn’t have many philosophers that support their ideology. They have people that they identify as intellectuals like Milton Freidman [sic], and for some reason they also claim ownership of the Founding Fathers. But the only philosopher that they claim to be their own is the novelist Ayn Rand.
Stumbled upon during a random perusal of Gutenberg.org:
This reminds one of a story of an old man who stood in a highway, leaning on his staff, and crying, in a feeble, croaking voice, “Stop thief! stop thief!”
“What is the matter, sir?” inquired a fellow, approaching.
“O, a villain has stolen my hat from my head, and run away.”
“Your hat!” looking at the bare head; “why didn’t you run after him?”
“O, my dear sir, I can’t run a step. I am very lame.”
“Can’t run! then here goes your wig.” And so saying, the fellow caught the poor old man’s wig, and scampered away at the top of his speed.
Another fun quote (well, maybe “fun” isn’t exactly the right word, since it is all too fitting, on far too many levels)–this one from Fritz Leiber, in a 1950 issue of Galaxy:
“Fourth,” he went on, “it’s my belief that when an intelligent species begins to retrogress, it tends to destroy, or, rather, debase all the things it has laboriously created. Large buildings are torn down to make smaller ones. Machines are broken up and worked into primitive tools and weapons. There is a kind of unraveling or erasing. A cultural Second Law of Thermodynamics begins to operate, whereby the intellect and all its works are gradually degraded to the lowest level of meaning and creativity.”
New York Times headline, via Google News, states the obvious:
“UN Sets Syrian Peace Talks as Fighting Complicates Task.”
Forerunner to Bronies?
The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels, by Arthur Scott Bailey, Illustrated by Harry L. Smith.
From The Lost Princess of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, Illustrated by John R. Neill (with some editing by yours truly):
And another, this time with no major editing: